One of the Largest Refineries in U.S. Gets Fire Protection Makeover

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A large oil refinery in the Midwest needed to get their fire protection in check, so they called F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems (SHS). When SHS showed up, they found that the fire protection systems hadn't been maintained in years and several were out of service. SHS has worked with them for 3 years to bring their fire protection up-to-date. Each year SHS has managed to reduce the dollars spent.
 

Midwest Refinery Powers Millions of Cars a Day

This project is one of the largest oil refineries in the country. It produces almost a half million barrels of oil a day - enough to fuel millions of cars

 each day. This facility determined that they needed fire protection maintenance for their 1,400-acre complex. When F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems arrived, they realized this was no small service job. Two years later, this refinery's fire protection system is close to the top of its game and it continues to get stronger each year.

Over 2,000 Devices to Inspect and Test

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems was brought in to inspect and service the refinery's fire protection systems. However, upon inspection, SHS realized that the systems hadn't been maintained in years. Not only that, but the facility had a large quantity of systems that needed repaired or replaced. They had 107 fire alarm panels, 22 VESDA's, 30 inert gas suppression systems, 850 gas detectors, 40 manual foam systems, 52 deluge systems, 10 wet systems, 1 dry system, 11 fire pumps, 659 fire hydrants, and 225 monitors on site.

 

Preventative Maintenance Saves Millions

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems began working with the refinery in 2014. Many of the systems were out of order. They repaired the systems they could and replaced the systems that couldn't be fixed. In all, they have repaired 86 fire hydrants and replaced 11 dry valves, 2 fire alarm panels, among numerous other repairs and upgrades to their fire systems. Once the systems were up and running, SHS began a preventative maintenance program to ensure that their systems were ready in the event of a fire.

The results of the project were better than expected. From 2014 to 2016, F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems was able to reduce the refinery's fire protection maintenance costs by over 150% by repairing, inspecting and maintaining the fire protection systems. The project manager for the job said, "Although we have done significant repairs and upgrades to [the refinery's] fire systems, we still have a lot of work to do and look forward to being their preferred fire protection contractor for years to come."

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